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Colin Marsh Award

Presented for a quality contribution to the curriculum debate.

The Colin Marsh award is presented for the article published in the journal Curriculum Perspectives which has made a quality contribution to the curriculum debate by best addressing the following criteria:

  • Potential for impact on the curriculum community (constructive, persuasive, timely)
  • Understanding of curriculum issues involved
  • Readability (clarity, structure, precision)
  • Depth of critical perspective/analysis
  • Consideration of the principles of social justice, equity and respect for all.

The award consists of a trophy and $2,000. It will be presented every two years at ACSA's Biennial Curriculum Conference.


The award is presented in memory of Colin Marsh, Foundation President of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) and editor of ACSA's professional journal Curriculum Perspectives 1980-2012.

Colin Marsh was our wonderful friend and colleague, who initiated the establishment of the ACSA and was the first editor of Curriculum Perspectives, died suddenly at his home in Perth Western Australian on Monday, 6th August 2012. Under Colin's editorial leadership, Curriculum Perspectives became a highly sort after professional journal that we have all come to respect and acknowledge as ACSA's flagship publication and Australia's first and most authoritative curriculum studies journal.

Colin will long be remembered and acknowledged as a great Australian educator. He had a lifelong concern for teacher education having been one of a group of innovators who established new approach to teacher education at Murdoch University in its foundation years. His Becoming a Teacher: Knowledge, Skills and Issues (now in its 5th edition) continues to be a basic text in many teacher education programmes across the country.

He also had an international vision and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Slovenia. Put simply, he was a man of great vision, integrity, enormous wisdom and one of this country's most significant educators. A man whose contribution to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum studies in Australian education, will continue to influence how teachers teach and what they teach for many years to come.

Most importantly of all, Colin was a treasured and respected friend to all of the many contributors, loyal subscribers and regular readers of Curriculum Perspectives.  His sensitive, insightful thinking and in depth writing inspired many people in all areas of education and schooling but most particularly in the area of curriculum studies.

Curriculum Perspectives will be Colin's lasting legacy to ACSA, its members and contributors, and indeed to Australian education.

The Colin Marsh Award will honour his contribution to education and curriculum studies.